"It can't be any better for me"

Northwestern landed a pair of big men on Tuesday night when Alexandru Olah and Milos Kostic each gave their verbal commitment to the Wildcats. But the two prospects who play on the same AAU team surprised each other by giving their verbal commitment on the same day.

"I didn't know that Milos(Kostic) committed to NU until the day I committed," said Alex Olah. "It was a great surprise because right now, we are playing together on an AAU team."

Both Olah and Kostic play together on the CAPS All-Stars AAU team, and recently wrapped up their first week on the team. Prior to joining the team, they did not know each other. On Tuesday night, they became tied together forever by both committing to Northwestern on the same night.

"I didn't know Milos at all," Olah said. "Last week, we played our first games together, and later, I added him as a friend on Facebook. Then I committed and he said congrats to me by sending a message to me on Facebook. Before that, I saw a link that he committed, and I was happy."

Northwestern is getting a 6-11, 270-lb. center in Alex Olah. Originally from Romania, Olah now resides in Whitestown, Indiana. During his junior season, he helped lead Traders Point Christian Academy to the Indiana Christian Schools state championship. His future teammate, Milos Kostic projects to be a power forward at the college level. He stands at 6-8, 230-lbs. Last season, the sophomore averaged 7.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.

For the senior-to-be Alex Olah, his recruitment was starting to become a burden as he tried to balance school and basketball. With the decision done, he can now focus on his junior year of high school.

"Now that I know that I committed, I have no worries about finding a college," Olah said.

The final factor that led Olah to his commitment was the idea of playing in the Big Ten. After weighing his options, Northwestern stood alone.

"It is a great school and also a great basketball program," Olah said. "I also wanted to play in great competition like the Big Ten. It can't be any better for me."

Throughout his recruitment, Olah grew a strong relationship with Northwestern assistant coach Ivan Vujic, who was his and Kostic's main recruiter. During the recruitment process, Olah and Vujic grew a strong bond together, coming from their similar backgrounds in European basketball.

Like Olah and Kostic, Ivan Vujic also moved to Indiana from Europe, in search of the opportunity to play college basketball.

"(We) both were searching for better basketball and a better school," Olah said. "In Europe, you can't play basketball the same time as going to school. You need to choose either one."

Now, Alex Olah is set to be a Northwestern Wildcat, starting in the fall of 2012. One year later, he will be joined by his new friend and future teammate, Milos Kostic. After a crazy night filled with a couple big surprises, the Wildcats have their backcourt of the future.


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